Entries by Robert Shine, Managing Editor

Theologian Suggests Papal Civil Union Support May Lead to Church Blessings

A theologian has suggested that after Pope Francis endorsed civil unions, the church cannot deny any longer blessings to same-gender couples. Meanwhile, some bishops, episcopal conferences, and priests continue taking a more negative approach.

Does Pope Francis’ Civil Union Support “Ring Hollow” or Is It a “Significant Step”?

Commentaries on Pope Francis’ remarks last month that reiterated his support for same-gender civil unions have continued to be published. Today’s post features a handful of them with links provided for further reading.

Archbishop Responding to Pope’s Civil Union Support: It Begins with the Human Person

A U.S. archbishop has responded to the pope’s support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples in a more positive way, suggesting Francis’ approach begins with the human person, not church teaching. But not all church leaders have responded similarly.

Anti-LGBTQ Stigma in Court Case Could Lead to Discrimination Based on Race, Gender, Etc.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia yesterday, a case which hinges on whether religious institutions can be exempt from non-discrimination protections. In this case, the specific circumstances involve sexual orientation, but one legal scholar argues Fulton could open the door for other types of discrimination, too.

Vatican Clarification on Pope’s Civil Union Endorsement Changes Little and Causes Confusion

A letter reportedly from the Vatican has attempted to clarify Pope Francis’ recent reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples. But despite some church officials’ attempts, does this purported clarification actually change anything?

What Comes Next After Pope Francis’ Reiterated Support for Civil Unions?

Just under two weeks ago, Pope Francis reiterated his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Many LGBTQ Catholics and advocates have given the pope at least partial credit for his remarks, but almost all agree more progress is needed. So what impact could Francis’ support have in what comes next?

The Pope Supports LGBTQ Families. Amy Coney Barrett May Not. Now What?

Next Wednesday, right after Election Day in the U.S., the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case centers on the question of whether adoption and foster care providers with religious affiliations can discriminate legally against LGBTQ clients. The implications of an anti-equality ruling could be much broader.